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under the alien tort statute the united states has multiple interests. have foreign religion interest in avoiding -- interest in avoiding it added six companies for liability abroad. also have interests in ensuring that our nation foreign commitments to the role of law and human rights are not eroded. >> i understand that. >> it is my responsibility to balance the competing interests and make a judgment on what the position the united states should be consistent with -- >> it was with their predecessors as well and they took a different position. why should we defer to the views of the current administration? >> we think there are persuasive, your honor. your successors may adopt a different view. is. the whatever difference to our entitled to -- your predecessors took a different position. >> let me be clear. in this is our position is that the court ought to not recognize the cause of action. >> suppose the defendant in this case for a u.s. corporation, that the case or otherwise identical. >> in that case, it would be comparable. the risk of reciprocal exposure to american companie
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